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Senate confirms FBI Director Wray, who summered in Adirondacks

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly confirmed Christopher Wray to lead the FBI, replacing James Comey, who was abruptly fired by President Donald Trump amid the investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election. The vote was 92-5 for Wray, a former ...

Assembly leader takes Trekkie tour

TICONDEROGA (AP) — New York’s Assembly Speaker and self-professed Trekkie has taken a detour from a trip to a subway car factory to take a spin on the Starship Enterprise. Speaker Carl Heastie, who has been known to quote Mr. Spock during discussions of state policy, visited the Star ...

Senate confirms FBI Director Christopher Wray, who summered in Adirondacks

WASHINGTON — The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Christopher Wray to lead the FBI, replacing James Comey, who was abruptly fired by President Donald Trump amid the investigation into Russian meddling in last year's presidential election. The vote was 92-5 for Wray, a former high-ranking ...

Tupper Lake Democrats enter village, town races

TUPPER LAKE — Democrats from the village and town gathered Monday night to nominate the party’s candidates for several positions up for election this November. In the village, two board trustee positions were up for grabs as well as the mayor’s office. Each of these positions has a ...

Republican party caucus tonight

SARANAC LAKE — The Harrietstown Republican Committee will hold a caucus at 6 p.m. tonight in the basement of the Harrietstown Town Hall. Only Harrietstown residents enrolled in the Republican party will be allowed to participate. The purpose of the caucus is to select the party’s ...

Ticks to go under N.Y. legislative microscope

ALBANY (AP) — Two New York state senators say they want to know if the state is doing all it can to confront tick-borne illnesses. Republicans Sue Serino and Kemp Hannon say they plan to call hearings later this summer to focus on the state’s response to illnesses like Lyme disease, ...

Soon-to-be FBI director has Adirondack ties

KEENE VALLEY — The man President Donald Trump has tapped to be the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation spent the summers of his youth at his family’s camp in the Adirondacks, hiking the High Peaks and fishing for trout. Christopher Wray’s nomination as FBI director ...

St. Lawrence County farmer to challenge Stefanik in primary

Russell Finley, a beef cattle farmer and real estate broker from St. Lawrence County, is challenging U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, in a Republican primary in 2018. “I have a job right now that I love. But unless somebody better does this, nobody’s going to have anything,” ...

Plattsburgh airport secures federal funds for runway

PLATTSBURGH (AP) — Plattsburgh’s airport will receive nearly $4 million in federal funds to upgrade its runways. The money was announced by U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. The two Democrats say the investment will pay for crucial renovations intended to improve safety ...

Roedel Companies ends lawsuits against village

SARANAC LAKE — Roedel Companies has inexplicably dropped its lawsuit against the village Planning Board over its approval of the proposed Lake Flower Resort and Spa. A one-page “Stipulation of Discontinuance” in the case was filed Monday in the Essex County Clerk’s Office, signed ...

House passes Stefanik bill to help military spouses

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Monday proposed by North Country U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik that would ease documentation requirements for spouses of military members who frequently must relocate to meet military mandates. The bill has not yet been ...

New York develops future campers by making it free for a lucky few

ALBANY — Folks who’d like to try camping at New York parks are getting the chance to do it this summer for free, courtesy of the state. New York launched a first-time camper program this summer, offering all the gear necessary for a weekend adventure, including a brand-new six-person ...

Schumer wants more help for New York’s craft beer industry

ALBANY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says there’s more the federal government can do to help New York’s growing craft beer industry. The Democratic lawmaker is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to add New York to a list of states eligible for a special federal crop ...

Stefanik again votes to keep air pollution rules

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to delay the implementation of Obama-era reductions in smog-causing air pollutants, but North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was one of only two New York Republicans who voted against the legislation. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, was one of 199 ...

Stefanik: Farm Bill should help dairy farmers more

PLATTSBURGH — North County Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has joined an effort to reform a federal dairy program that local farmers say is not helping them. “We are hopeful they can do something because we are starting to lose a lot of farms in the North Country,” said Beekmantown dairy ...

Stefanik again votes to keep clean air rules

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to delay the implementation of Obama-era reductions in smog-causing air pollutants, but North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was one of only two New York Republicans who voted against the legislation. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, was one of ...

Village seeks cleanup of abandoned house

SARANAC LAKE — The village has resumed its campaign to clean up a Park Avenue house it boarded up four years ago. Village Department of Public Works employees pulled the plywood off the front door of 139 Park Ave. on Wednesday morning so Joe Garso of North Woods Engineering could get ...

Adirondack Experience museum acquires anti-APA sign

This morning, the Adirondack Experience planned to remove a large sign protesting the state Adirondack Park Agency from the side of a house in Warrensburg to add it to the museum’s permanent collection in Blue Mountain Lake. Since 2005, the sign had adorned the side of Ted Galusha house to ...

Stefanik: Farm Bill should help NY dairy farmers more

PLATTSBURGH — North County Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has joined an effort to reform a federal dairy program that local farmers say is not helping them. “We are hopeful they can do something because we are starting to lose a lot of farms in the North Country,” said Beekmantown ...

Adirondack Experience museum acquires anti-APA sign

On Friday morning, the Adirondack Experience will remove a large sign protesting the state Adirondack Park Agency from the side of a house in Warrensburg to add it to the museum’s permanent collection in Blue Mountain Lake. Since 2005, the sign had adorned the side of Ted Galusha house ...